Re, “Ditching ‘Redskins’ name is a step towards healing” (Oct. 17, Our View): I attended Chowchilla High School. I have some native blood. Never was “Redskins” used disrespectfully at the school. Chowchilla is named after the Chaushila Indians. They were known for bravery. The Bee ridiculously ties “Redskins” to “mocking and carelessly adopting parts of another culture.” Performing “silly spirit dances and tomahawk chops.” ... “Wearing fake headdresses and sloppy face paint.”
The Bee is the one being disrespectful.
Chowchilla, and other places using Indian names with respect, acknowledge their bravery, fierceness and determination. No one wears the word “Redskins” thinking it’s silly. The name is valued.
The few working against use of these names are removing memory of the culture from the public eye. In the future will they be associated only with casinos?
Those concerned could teach their history and culture at sporting events, while acknowledging the proud intent of those who choose to wear the name. Twist it; turn it. We can choose self assurance or we can choose to be offended. I could choose to be upset. Where do we draw the line? Political correctness is killing us by removing basic rights guaranteed by the Constitution.
Respect and care about everyone; but you will never please everybody.
Crolie Lindsay, Modesto